CN SD60F Status?

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CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:48 pm

Does anyone know if CN's SD60Fs are in service? I've never caught one on camera and I really want to. I haven't heard of them being retired or scrapped, but I can't find any recent sightings of one.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:31 pm

I believe most are in storage, along with some of the C40-8Ms.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:40 pm

SD80MAC wrote:I believe most are in storage, along with some of the C40-8Ms.

I assume they're being stored somewhere in Canada? And what does it mean when they're in storage (what will happen to them)? I know some BCOL C40-8Ms were put into storage and later taken out.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:33 pm

Storage pretty much means parked until they're needed again.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:37 pm

SD80MAC wrote:Storage pretty much means parked until they're needed again.

Oh, ok. Thanks for clarifying. Hopefully they will be needed soon.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby TrainWatcher » Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:43 pm

Quite a bit is actually being stored here in the US, some of the shops in Illinois have had lines of stored locomotives recently and as SD80MAC said, mostly Cab units.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby hoborich » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:22 pm

Doesn't say much for our economy. It wasn't too long ago they were short on locos.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby GLC 392 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:57 pm

Last I knew only 1 60F was in use, some of the C40-8M's have come out of storage recently. The main killer for the Barns Hoborich was the order of all the ET44AC's that showed up over the year.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby MQT3001 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:33 am

Not uncommon to see power cycled in and out of storage. Idea being long-term storage can do harm, so keeping units in no more than a few months may be the best way to do it.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby Evan » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:43 pm

2 SD60Fs active. 5543 and 5507. 5507 is residing on the DM&IR, 5543 is out in western Canada.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby PatAzo » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:02 pm

Five of them dead eastbound through Schoolcraft this afternoon 4:00
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby SimRacin14 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:47 pm

Centrailia, IL this past December:
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There were about 12-16 of them sitting there.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby 12Bridge » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:53 pm

CN has them up for auction right now.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:48 pm

12Bridge wrote:CN has them up for auction right now.


I really hope a Michigan Shortline acquires some. Am I the only one thinking LSRC or HESR could benefit from a couple of these? Possibly even GLC?
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:52 pm

MiRailProductions wrote:
12Bridge wrote:CN has them up for auction right now.


I really hope a Michigan Shortline acquires some. Am I the only one thinking LSRC or HESR could benefit from a couple of these? Possibly even GLC?

Yes, because what the heck would a shortline (who do lots of switching) do with a huge full carbody locomotive that is nigh impossible to switch with? Cowled freight locomotives were designed to lead road trains through areas where the winters were cold and brutal and are very inflexible in just about any other service.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:25 pm

SD80MAC wrote:
MiRailProductions wrote:
12Bridge wrote:CN has them up for auction right now.


I really hope a Michigan Shortline acquires some. Am I the only one thinking LSRC or HESR could benefit from a couple of these? Possibly even GLC?

Yes, because what the heck would a shortline (who do lots of switching) do with a huge full carbody locomotive that is nigh impossible to switch with? Cowled freight locomotives were designed to lead road trains through areas where the winters were cold and brutal and are very inflexible in just about any other service.


Yeah, I didn't think about that. Cowl units are only good on road trains... :oops:
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:41 pm

SD80MAC wrote:
MiRailProductions wrote:
12Bridge wrote:CN has them up for auction right now.


I really hope a Michigan Shortline acquires some. Am I the only one thinking LSRC or HESR could benefit from a couple of these? Possibly even GLC?

Yes, because what the heck would a shortline (who do lots of switching) do with a huge full carbody locomotive that is nigh impossible to switch with? Cowled freight locomotives were designed to lead road trains through areas where the winters were cold and brutal and are very inflexible in just about any other service.


Is that why the 35xx series Alcos were off the LSRC's roster so quickly (as compared to their other Alco power)? If anyone picked some up, it would be LSRC, but that doesn't seem to fit with everything else they've been doing lately.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby SD80MAC » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:59 am

No, not really. The M420s just may have not been in as good of shape as the other LSRC Alcos. 3504 was one of the last operating units on the Lake State, however. They weren’t cowls like SD60Fs, either.
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Re: CN SD60F Status?

Unread postby AARR » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:17 pm

At least two of the C425's were rebuilt in 1999 and 2000. The M420's were acquired a few years later and I don't know if the were rebuilt or not.
SD80MAC wrote:No, not really. The M420s just may have not been in as good of shape as the other LSRC Alcos. 3504 was one of the last operating units on the Lake State, however. They weren’t cowls like SD60Fs, either.
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